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Under the Umbrella: Custom Software Solutions Blog

One early Autumn weekend in 2011, Bob Baird and some friends headed out to Morgan-Monroe State Forest for a much deserved break. Earlier that week, Bob had successfully finished a challenging, months-long project at the small custom software firm he had been working for, and a weekend enjoying nature's quiet, and his friend's company seemed like the perfect way to clear his head. Bob also knew that with his wife being seven months pregnant with their first child, an opportunity to get away with the boys wouldn't come along again for sometime.
Many of the custom web applications we build are designed to help leverage data from a client's existing system or systems. Today, there's existing software for almost anything. At Inverse-Square, we're big fans of measuring value; we won't build custom software if the same thing that can be bought off of the shelf, can meet your needs. If your business is currently using pre-packaged software to manage your data, but you need to own that data and impose your processes on top of it, we can help, and the easiest way we can get to that data, is with an API.
[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]For Team Awesome, one of the most enjoyable things about being custom software developers, are all the different clients we get to work with; charitable organizations, multinational corporations; local businesses, and if that wasn't varied enough, Inverse-Square has also built a custom web application for an online livestock auction house!
It's not surprising that if you asked little boy, Zach, what he wanted to be when he grew up, the answer was a musician, because when our Director of Operations isn't working hard to ensure Inverse-Square runs effectively, he's banging away on drums for local band, Pillars, or playing music with the worship band at his Church.
Life is busy, every parent knows that. Everyone is running here, there, and everywhere; school, meetings, soccer practice, homework. It can be difficult to find the time to sit down to eat dinner together, let alone give back to the community. But what if you want to give back, and more importantly, you want to teach your children that it's important to give back? That's where Project Giving Kids comes in. "Project Giving Kids is a nonprofit all about connecting busy kids and families to fun, meaningful and age-appropriate service activities through a unique website experience." A pretty fantastic idea if you ask us, and guess who made the website come to life... We did!
Inverse-Square has been privileged to work with a host of amazing clients; big and small, public and private, on a myriad of custom software projects; from Automated Background Screening Systems to Membership Management Systems and Event Tracking Applications. All have been exciting and with their own unique set of challenges, but as much as we don't want to play favorites, none can compare to the awesomeness of working with Santa's Workshop!
One cold winter night in the North Pole, It was the height of pre-Christmas season and all of the toy elves were working away. Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and the rest of their deer friends were training for the big run, and Santa Claus was preparing to get the presents ready for all the good little boys and girls. He sat down to his computer, switched it on, and waited for the latest version of the Naughty & Nice list to load. Santa waited, and waited, and waited some more... Nothing! And then, horror of horrors, the unthinkable happened, his screen went black. Santa's Access database had crashed!
Project management methodologies exist to take you from point A to B as fast, efficiently, and with as little waste as possible. The waste bit is important: It entails minimizing lost time, errors, risks, duplicate or low-impact efforts, and costs. When it comes to custom web application development, developers typically rely on one of two popular methodologies: Agile or Waterfall. In our young industry, there’s still much debate over the two project management styles and which is best. Here’s a breakdown:
When stage and cinema artists need to train in the art of stage combat, they turn to the Society of Fight Directors, "an organization of dedicated artists whose purpose is to promote safety and foster excellence in the art of performing, teaching, and directing staged combat/theatrical violence." And when the Society of American Fight Directors needs a custom web application to manage their members' information, they turn to Inverse-Square.
When someone hears the words, inverse-square, they probably think of physics (if they know about laws of physics anyway), but at Inverse-Square, when we hear our name, we think about trust. Inverse-Square is a law in physics that states, the closer you are to a source, the stronger that source is. We believe that a close relationship and close communication between ourselves and our clients is paramount to the success of a custom software development project. And we chose the name, Inverse-Square, as an acknowledgment to how powerful a close relationship can be.
With over over 10,000 volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana (SOI) have their hands full managing and coordinating all of their volunteer's data between different counties and varied processes. Inverse-Square is honored to have been chosen by SOI to help them find an easier way to do so with a new online database system customized to meet their needs.